Sunday, December 18, 2011

Cordero one of Most Undervalued Free Agents


ESPN's Jim Bowden is at it again. The opinionated Bowden churns out reading material faster than Usain Bolt in the 100 meter dash.

In his latest piece of work, the ex Reds general manager lists his top five most undervalued free agents still remaining on the market -- and one former Red made the list at #3 in Francisco Cordero.

Here is the write-up on Cordero:

"Age: 36 | 2011 stats: 2.45 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 37 saves, 69.2 IP

Why he’s undervalued: Cordero has flown under the radar a bit because the market was flooded with closers this offseason, both in free agency as well as in the trade market. The
Philadelphia Phillies signed Jonathan Papelbon, the Miami Marlins signed Heath Bell, the Texas Rangers signed Joe Nathan, the San Diego Padres traded for Huston Street, the Red Sox traded for Mark Melancon, and Francisco Rodriguez accepted salary arbitration with the Milwaukee Brewers.

Still, Cordero is a three-time All-Star who had an ERA under 3.00 in two of the last three years, despite pitching half of his games in the Great American Ball Park.

Best fits: Cordero has had several teams looking at him, including the Angels, Reds, Red Sox and Blue Jays. He’s coming off of an impressive season, but this has been a slow-developing market for him. The Angels are the best fit for Cordero because it would allow the them to move
Jordan Walden to the setup role as he continues to develop. Also, Cordero would benefit pitching in a larger ballpark."

To view the rest of this list please visit this link or become an ESPN Insider today.

As much as I'd love to see Coco back in Cincy in 2012, I don't see the Reds having enough wiggle room to give him the salary he's looking for, let alone what he's worth. However, stranger things have happened...like selling the farm to acquire a solid, but relatively unproven starting pitcher.

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